Vote counting begins as polls close in Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

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Vote counting begins as polls close in Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

Votes are now being counted to determine who will be the new Saskatchewan MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin.

Polling at 50 booths across the city riding finished at 8 p.m. CST.  

The seat has been empty since the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent on Nov. 30, 2016. The 63-year-old had represented the constituency since 2011.

Five candidates are running for the seat, including two provincial party leaders:

- Darrin Lamoureux, Saskatchewan Liberal Party.

- Ryan Meili, New Democratic Party.

- Brent Penner, Saskatchewan Party.

- David Prokopchuk, Progressive Conservative Party.

- Shawn Setyo, Saskatchewan Green Party.

The two front-runners met for a live debate on CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning on Monday.

According to Elections Saskatchewan, there are 12,120 registered voters in Saskatoon Meewasin. More than 1,700 votes were cast at advance polls.

- EXTERNAL LINK: Polling place locator, Saskatoon Meewasin byelection